Our Neonatal Unit within Walnut Ward provides expert care for new born babies who are either preterm or seriously ill babies who require a higher level of medical and nursing care following birth. 

Our Special Care Baby Unit provides care for babies who are born closer to their due date, born at 32 weeks or over or  have a less serious illness and stabilise a baby's condition before transferring them to another unit or provide emergency care if necessary. 

There are 22 special care cots including three high dependency cots so staff can stabilise and treat critically ill babies before transferring them to another unit. The unit is run by neonatal nurses and paediatricians who together deliver high quality specialised care to treat new born babies in need.

We provide facilities for parents to stay with their babies. 


Parents and siblings: Open visiting
Others visitors (2 per day and over 16): 4.30pm-6.30pm

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Having a baby on SCBU can be a worrying and stressful time for the parents and the separation involved can cause anxiety and a feeling of helplessness.

To try and alleviate this we offer a free service called vCreate which is a free Secure Video Messaging service that allows clinical staff to record and send video updates to parents with children in Neonatal and Paediatric Units.

Parents access videos of their child when they are away from the unit to receive reassurance of their child’s wellbeing and minimise any separation anxiety. It's safe, secure and available on any device. Click on the video below to learn more...

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